Brazilian legend Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima has retired from football with immediate affect
The Brazilian world cup winner has finally brought the curtain down on one of the most illustrious careers in living memory.
The 34-year-old won two World Cups, both in 1994 and 2002, and won the FIFA Player of the Year award three times, matched only by the great Zinedine Zidane.
Ronaldo went on to score over 350 club goals and made 97 appearances for his beloved Brazil, scoring an astonishing 62 goals but has finally decided to hang up his boots.
He told Estado de Soa Paulo, “I can’t take any more,”
“I wanted to continue, but I can’t do it anymore. I think of an action, but I can’t do it the way I want to. It’s time.
“It’s the body that’s hurting me. The head wants to go on, but the body can’t take any more.”
Ronaldo was named part of the greatest 11 of all time in 2007 by France Football and made Pele’s FIFA 100, the Brazilian greats list of the 100 best players ever.
The player played for Barcelona, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan as well as Brazil during a career that saw him win two World Cups, the Intercontinental cup, a UEFA Cup Winners Cup, two La Liga titles, and a UEFA cup, as well as two more Copa Americas for Brazil.
Remarkably he didn’t ever win the Champions League, but will always be remembered for his hat trick at Old Trafford in Real Madrid’s 6-5 aggregate win over Manchester United in 2003, all the more remarkable as it earned him a standing ovation as he left the field from the United fans.